The Church Leaders have expressed their great support to the Traditional Governance, Custom Facilitation Bill 2018 (TGCF), during the four days National Symposium for Head of Churches and Administrators, which begins from 31 Aug and finishes on 3rd Sep 2020 at Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel.
The last day of this symposium is the consultation of this Bill to the Head of Churches and Administrators.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of this symposium on behalf of the Head of Churches and Administrators participants, the President of the Seventh Day Adventist Church Pastor Silent Tovosia thanked the government through the ministry for hosting this symposium, which is first of its kind since many years back for church leaders to come together in an peaceful open dialogue space with the government to consult on this important socially-oriented Bill.
He also thanked the leadership of the DCGA and the Prime Minister for his great leadership and to, recognize the church as an important partner in the development of this country. Thus in passing to consult the Head of Churches and Administrators on this Bill.
Pastor Tovosia highlighted that “Churches has been a major contributor in the development of this nation”. He added that the formulation of communiqué would help the churches to become as active partner with the government.
Pastor further highlighted that the TGCF Bill 2018 is an important Bill with its core purpose to recognize, empower and strengthen traditional leaders and their structures and systems. In essence, both the Church Leaders and Traditional Leaders are inseparable and are always active partners, when it comes to resolving problems that occur in the communities.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Traditional Government, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs Permanent Secretary Peter Mae on behalf of the Hon Minister thanked and acknowledged all church leaders and administrators for their commitment and contributions during the symposium and the complete consultation of this Bill despite your busy schedule, for making this program a success.
The Permanent Secretary further highlighted that although the Head of Churches and Administrators have agonized over structural and institutional challenges and difficulties faced with, they can still organized. Moreover, in the same will still implement whatever outcome on the symposium.
He further encouraged the Head of Churches and Administrators to continue working together and support the government on its programs and activities particular this consulted TGCF Bill.
Head of Churches and Administrators have concluded this national symposium in signing the Communique and as well, the expression of huge support to the current consulted TGCF Bill.